Samantha Leal Deputy Editor
Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor for Latina.com, where she edits and oversees the site's content with a focus on fashion, beauty and lifestyle.
She grew up in South Bend, Indiana (go Notre Dame!) and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before setting out for New York City. Her work has been published by TheAtlantic.com, Glamour.com, Refinery29.com and more.
When she’s not working, you’ll find her reading (YA novels, mostly), watching too many YouTube videos and writing short stories. You can follow her on Twitter at @samanthajoleal and read her style and music blog at notesonstyle.com.
Favorite Latina fashionista: Nicole Richie
The Latino celeb I'd want to be best friends with: Selena Gomez
My first celebrity crush: Mike Vitar aka Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez from the movie The Sandlot.
Something people don't know about me: I have a phobia of needles and blood.
Guilty pop culture addiction: Anything on The CW.
My Latina Role Model: Salma Hayek
Fun Memory from My First Day at Latina: My first day was a blur!
Two words that describe Elvis Crespo: Very interesting…
If I met Jennifer Lopez, I would: be a total fangirl. I've loved her since she was a fly girl on 'In Living Color'
Latino artist on my iPod right now: Pitbull
Favorite Interview with a Latino Celeb: Daddy Yankee or Adriana Lima
Favorite Latin dish: Mexican chorizo tacos
Favorite Spanish-Language Song: Como La Flor - Selena Quintanilla
Proudest Moment as a Latino: When the Wise Latina herself, Sonia Sotomayor, was named to the Supreme Court.
Latest from this author
Selena Gomez and former Wizards of Waverly Place co-star David Henrie are definitely fans of car karaoke. Posting to her Instagram account, 22-year-old Gomez sings along with 25-year-old Henrie to Carrie Underwood's single "Something in the Water."
Administrators at Harvard University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been sued by Project for Fair Admissions Inc., an advocacy group that claims race-based admissions policies violate constitutional rights of qualified Asian applicants, reports Bloomberg.
Well, then. This happened. Mass murderer Charles Manson, 80, has obtained a wedding license to marry a 26-year-old, reports the Associated Press.
Afron Elaine Burton, 26, has spent the past nine years trying to exonerate Manson of his conviction — seven murders, including the pregnant actress Sharon Tate — and is planning on being his bride.
Adrienne Bailon talks about those controversial comments, 'The Real' and more!
Get your hair did... and that's just what Jessica Alba did this past weekend! The star took to Instagram to share her transformation (foil and all) from chestnut brown to sun-kissed blonde (and she set it to the tune of Missy Elliott's "Work It". We approve, Jessica.)
Busting a move and singing in the car when your jam comes on? Girl, we can relate. This woman was secretly filmed by her husband singing along to Salt-N-Pepa's "None of Your Business." And it's the best.
In December, an angel gets her wings. Well, some do. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show premieres December 9 on CBS, and a chance to walk the runway is a coveted spot for many a model. But this year’s show takes place in London (instead of NYC) for the first time — so we’re expecting an even bigger show than ever before.
Is Dev not the sweetest?! The 30 Under 30 honoree chatted with Marlene Alvarez about her leather ensemble, new projects and what it means to be nominated as a young Latina on the rise.
The 30 Under 30 honorees stopped by to chat about what it means to be nominated, their guilty pleasure TV show and even their favorite holiday movies!
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